Homeland: Season 3 (2013)

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As the stakes get higher, Homeland remains a roller coaster ride of tension, and Claire Danes is riveting in one of the best written thrillers on television.

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Critic Ratings: 40

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Air date: Sep 29, 2013

Season 3 begins with Brody remaining at large, while Carrie is called to testify before a senate committee investigating the terrorist bombing in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, Saul takes command at the CIA; and the Brody family deal with a tragic occurrence.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2013

Saul attempts to track down those responsible for the Langley attack and recruits an unlikely expert to follow the money trail. Meanwhile, Quinn takes matters into his own hands; Carrie learns who is really on her side; and the Brody family turn to therapy to mend their broken household.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2013

Brody returns to his faith for guidance in an unexpected way when he finds himself facing increasingly desperate straits. Back in the U.S., Carrie struggles to connect with Saul when a mysterious man offers to help her but at a significant cost.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2013

Carrie meets a new client over breakfast and learns that the crippled CIA can still exercise power when needed. Meanwhile, Dana runs away and Jessica seeks the police's help in finding her; and Saul follows the money trail to an unexpected location.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2013

A mysterious man enters the country at the U.S.-Canadian border; Carrie puts her mission on the line to do a risky favor; Saul is forced to socialize with his adversary, Sen. Lockhart, on an elite hunting trip; Dana makes a shocking discovery that could end her getaway for good.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2013

Carrie turns the tables on the mastermind of the Langley bombing and recruits one of Iran's most powerful operatives. Meanwhile, Saul struggles to keep an intrusive Sen. Lockhart at bay; and Dana makes a radical decision that changes her family forever.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2013

With his old adversary in custody, Saul makes the gamble of his career. Meanwhile, Carrie and Quinn scramble to contain a local police investigation; and Mira comes to a crossroad in her marriage.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2013

Carrie and Quinn pursue a key suspect in the Langley bombing; Saul faces political backlash; Fara discovers the high toll that an intelligence job can take; the Brody family receive startling news.

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Air date: Nov 24, 2013

Carrie reunites with Brody, but the circumstances are more difficult than either of them imagined. Meanwhile, Saul gets a win from an unlikely source; and Dana struggles with her new life away from home.

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Air date: Dec 1, 2013

Brody embarks on a high-stakes mission, but his fragile condition threatens the operation. Meanwhile, Quinn makes an uncomfortable discovery about Carrie; and Fara is forced to rejoin the team due to a sudden crisis.

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Following the deadly Langley bombing that is blamed on disgraced congressman Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) and having helped him escape the U.S., Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is desperate to solve the case and clear Brody's name as the third series of the conspiracy thriller begins. But Carrie's efforts are threatened when she becomes the focus of a hostile Senate investigation led by Sen. Andrew Lockhart (Tracy Letts) who believes the CIA is covering up the truth about the attack. Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), now CIA chief, also feels the heat of the probe and it begins to undermine his efforts to revive the Agency. Trouble also brews in the Brody household when Dana (Morgan Saylor) starts exhibiting destructive behavior and runs away from home. As for Brody, who has a $10 million bounty on his head, he begins to recuperate from a gunshot wound in Venezuela where he is held captive by armed gunmen in a ramshackle Caracas building called the Tower of David. With no passport, no money and no chance of escape, Brody slowly begins to realise that he may have to live out the rest of his days in this slum dwelling where Carrie has arranged for him to at least be safe.

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Critic Reviews for Homeland Season 3

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (19)

It will be good when we get Carrie and Brody back in the lineup. Till then, the game is going just fine.

Sep 27, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

I hope the rest of the season lives up to the promise of these episodes, but watching Homeland has made me paranoid.

Sep 26, 2013 | Full Review…
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Strong start. (Here's hoping it stays that way.)

Sep 26, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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The very best TV is almost never about the destination. It's about appreciating the perilous journey taken to get there. And that's something worth remembering as Homeland's writers once again attempt to tiptoe across a crater they themselves created.

Oct 14, 2013 | Full Review…

Events are conspiring against 'Homeland'.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…
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It's hard to say yet whether it's back on track. But this opener is certainly intriguing. It builds not just in pace but in intensity and excitement too. Hell, I'm in.

Oct 7, 2013 | Full Review…
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At the moment it's hard to care.

Jul 22, 2018 | Full Review…

It seems that one needs to enter this third season of Showtime's Homeland fully aware that the series has long since deviated from its (relatively) realistic approach in Season 1.

Oct 1, 2013 | Rating: 8.6/10 | Full Review…

The first episode of season three lags in some areas, but it manages to cram a whole lot of story, duplicity, and action (mostly offscreen) into a single hour of television, which is good enough for me.

Sep 30, 2013 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

The return of Homeland that reminded me of the deeper ways in which these fictional series are raising issues and asking questions about Washington that even journalism isn't.

Sep 30, 2013 | Full Review…

Was it the most exciting hour ever? No. What it did, though, was give me confidence that the writers have a better plan for where the main story is going this season.

Sep 30, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Sure, it's all more outlandish than the show was in its more restrained, more believable first season, but it's still the best TV thriller airing today so I'm willing to go along for the ride.

Sep 30, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Homeland: Season 3

  • May 05, 2020
    Homeland is one of those shows that makes people think about everything that goes on around the world, related not only to CIA, GRU, ISI, but most importantly it teaches you to put things into perspective and not judge people directly. Everyone has their reasons and their causes for behaving in certain ways, but the most important thing is being able to realize that people think differently for many reasons. It is not the worst, it's what makes us human in the first place. This show is about putting yourself in someone else's shoes. It sounds cliché, but it might save the day, the month, the year or the world! Regarding the show, the actors are amazing. Don't stop watching after season 3.
  • Apr 26, 2020
    typical series about cia/fbi stuff between us vs m.e.
  • Jan 09, 2020
    I was iffy about this show through the first 4-5 episodes of the first season. Then I got into it and it was great. But I then was completely disappointed by the character progression in season three. When I say this I know I'm not speaking alone, it is most definitely why from season 2 to 3 There was a 10% decrease in the percentage rating of the show. The character called Brody was by far the leading interest during the whole first three seasons. To kill him off and in the way it was done was a massive mistake and oversight. I'm considering not even continuing watching anymore because the rest of the characters are so boring comparatively. Brody was the main attraction to this show now it's just a bunch of extras and a crazy woman running around doing random stuff. Thanks for wasting our time.
  • Oct 26, 2019
    Great writing and acting as usual... disregard nit pickers as each episode stands on its own and is not dependent on the prior, or original show, season, or premise. You watch a show, what do you rate it?... dependent on s prior show, season, premise? You buy a shirt... does your review depend on the one you bought before?, from the same manufacturer?, from the same store? Dip Shits would answer yes.., But the question here is what did you think, keep your baggage on the baggage carousels...answer the question!
  • Feb 05, 2019
    It is somewhat disappointing that each season seems to decline a bit from the magic that was season 1 - but the show is still excellent in most respects. Fantastic performances by Damien Lewis, Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin. Tracy Letts & Rupert Friend are great additions to the cast.
  • Jun 06, 2017
    Following the deadly Langley bombing that is blamed on disgraced congressman Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) and having helped him escape the US, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is desperate to solve the case and clear Brody’s name as the third season of the conspiracy thriller begins. But Carrie’s efforts are threatened when she becomes the focus of a hostile Senate investigation led by Senator Andrew Lockhart (Tracy Letts) who believes the CIA is covering up the truth about the attack. Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), now CIA chief, also feels the heat of the probe and it begins to undermine his efforts to revive the Agency. Trouble also brews in the Brody household when Dana (Morgan Saylor) starts exhibiting destructive behaviour and runs away from home. As for Brody, who has a $10 million bounty on his head, he begins to recuperate from a gunshot wound in Venezuela where he is held captive by armed gunmen in a ramshackle Caracas building called the Tower of David. With no passport, no money and no chance of escape, Brody slowly begins to realise that he may have to live out the rest of his days in this slum dwelling where Carrie has arranged for him to at least be safe. (Rotten Tomatoes) Danes and Lewis once again give compelling performances in their respective roles as the fall out from the Langley bombing becomes the focus of attention in season three. As Carrie is admitted to a mental institution, her emotions and thoughts swill and spill as she is forced to take medication, forced to stay there, and forced to watch Saul denounce her in front of the Senate. Meanwhile, Brody is suffering problems of his own, he has a gun shot wound which he has with him as he is taken to the Tower of David in Caracas, Venezuela. However, he soon realises his problems are just beginning as he is held captive there, drugged up to his eyeballs, with no chance of escape. That is how the opening episodes set up the third season of Homeland, and as the season progresses, both characters play pivotal roles (naturally) in situations of natural security which have shocking consequences for them personally, and for the rest of the world. Season Three of Homeland is full of conspiracies, close calls and thrilling, nail-biting moments which leave you thinking for a long time after each episode has finished. A new wave of characters are introduced seamlessly to fill the void of some characters that ‘left’ us in season two. And the final episode certainly set up season four which will be in a totally different direction to this season. https://rwh92.wordpress.com/
  • Mar 13, 2017
    Still going strong and exciting.
  • Feb 25, 2017
    It is almost unfair to write reviews on seasons of "Homeland" after a first season that may be the single greatest season for a T.V show ever conceived. Even the second season, while not quite as airtight, was still a treatise on political drama. This third season, however, just lacked that "eye of the tiger" that often times is the only thing separating "good" from "great". For a basic plot summary (and yes, some spoilers will be included here), Season Three begins with Carrie Matheson (Claire Danes) an absolute wreck after the CIA bombing at Langley. With Brody (Damien Lewis) a wanted man, only Carrie can clear her name. Of course, Saul Berensen (Mandy Patinkin) still makes all the big decisions...but for how long? And, when an opportunity comes along to change the entire landscape of US/Middle East politics, is anything sacred in the pursuit of such a goal? (Another warning: the major spoilers will come in the next few paragraphs. If you haven't watched this season than I strongly suggest waiting to read this review until you have, as it is more "review" than "preview"). I realize that the producers of "Homeland" have always insisted that "the show is not about Brody", but the trouble is that they are wrong. For most intents/purposes, this show only is fantastic when, indeed, it DOES have Brody at the center of things. For example, the first season is so spectacular because (as a viewer) you just don't know what to make of Brody. The same theme goes for season two, though changed to "what will Brody do now?". In this third season, viewers don't even see Brody until the third episode, and then don't hear from him again until episode 9! That is too long for this show to stay "on top" without one of its shining stars. Granted, of course, that is not to say that other characters on this show are not superbly written. Saul and Carrie are also great, and even Quinn (Rupert Friend) can be very interesting at times. I know this next comment might completely turn my review off to some people, but I very much enjoyed the plotlines this season involving Dana Brody (Morgan Saylor). Again, though, that is because I feel the show NEEDS a healthy dose of "Brody" in order to be special (instead of just "good"). Thus, this season of "Homeland" was, to me, just average. It is still better than most fare on the tube these days (and, to be more specific, I can't recall a single political show post-24 to even come close to Homeland's stature in that category), but it wasn't nearly up to the quality of the previous two efforts. Of course, now that the "big event" at the end of the season has transpired, it almost feels (at least to a certain extent) that the show has wrapped. Are there still loose ends to be tied up? For sure. But, going forward, Homeland will never quite be the same. It will keep the same name and (hopefully) continue to produce taut political/human drama, but a significant turning point has been reached. It will never be the "good old days" of Season One again, when every single episode was a tour de force. I sincerely hope that the show creators can surprise me (and it's not like I'm "bailing out" yet), but I've seen too many shows go down this path and never recover.
  • Nov 25, 2016
    Great. Just Great......(feels)
  • May 12, 2016
    A mini series going into a third year is a huge challenge. Stretching a story in a way that would keep people watching for three years is a huge challenge. After season 2 I had my doubts about how good will season 3 will be, but I still decided to watch. And I was not disappointed. This season brings a long story to an amazing climax, but the strongest feature in the plot, is that every story is resolved as fast as the viewer would enjoy it. Any season has more than one climax, and this season presents the best climaxes of all. The stars that make this season so good, Danes Lewis and Patinkin and Friend. I wish Friend would have had a bigger role, since I grew to like his character very much, but given the story I can accept his role becoming increasingly smaller. This season is less controversial. The bad guys can be noticed and identified, as well as the good ones. The villains are clearer, the heroes are more heroic, and justice is more direct. The plot feels even more realistic than the previous two. Its strength is in the absence of anti climactic moment. A fast-forward type of story about intelligence is perhaps the only way to go, so the viewers don't lose interest. While the first two seasons felt like spy shows, the third season feels more like an army movie. The series never stops to amaze and draw the viewer, and that is why I keep watching. If season two was driven by the inertia of season one, season three has definitely made the series superbly interesting, while using a whole new story. I enjoyed it plenty, and I can say without a doubt this season was the first to earn the distinguished honour of an A+.

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